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Wolf Pack to Face Rochester in AHL Calder Cup Finals

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The New York Rangers minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, defeated the defending AHL champion Providence Bruins, 3-2 in overtime, last night at the Hartford Civic Center, to advance to the 2000 Calder Cup Final. Terry Virtue scored the game-winner at 7:32 of OT, as the Wolf Pack came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the last three matches and eliminate Providence. Brad Smyth tallied two goals and J.F. Labbe turned aside 46 shots in the series finale victory. Labbe finished the series with 292 saves on 312 shots, for a .936 save percentage.

Hartford won the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s 1999-2000 regular season champs and the F.G. (Teddy) Oke Trophy as the New England Division champions. With their victory over Providence, the Wolf pack captured their first Richard F. Canning Trophy as the champions of the AHL’s Eastern Conference. The club also became the first team in Hartford’s pro hockey history to reach a league championship series. The Wolf Pack defeated the Springfield Falcons (3-2), the Worcester IceCats (4-1) and the Providence Bruins (4-3) for a compiled 11-5 playoff record.

Awaiting Hartford is the Rochester Americans, last year’s Calder Cup finalists. The Americans have posted an 11-4 mark in the playoffs, which included a 3-2 first round series win over Albany, followed by a 4-2 semi-final series victory over Hamilton and a 4-0 sweep of Hershey in the Western Conference Final. Rookie netminder, Mika Noronen has already broken a 53 year-old record for the most shutouts in one playoff with six, while center Domenic Pittis is pulling away with the playoff scoring race with 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) in just 15 games.

*Tickets are now on sale for the 64th Calder Cup Final beginning Wednesday, May 24th at the Hartford Civic Center. Charge orders can be placed through TicketMaster at (860) 525-4500, (203) 624-0033, (203) 744-8100 or (413) 733-2500, or at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. For further information, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (860) 548-2000.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS

Game 1 – Wed., May 24 – Hartford Civic Center @ 7:05 PM
Game 2 – Fri., May 26 – Hartford Civic Center @ 7:35 PM
Game 3 – Sun., May 28 – Blue Cross Arena @ 6:05 PM
Game 4 – Wed., May 31 – Blue Cross Arena @ 7:35 PM
*Game 5 – Fri., June 2 – Hartford Civic Center @ 7:35 PM
*Game 6 – Sun., June 4 – Blue Cross Arena @ 6:05 PM
*Game 7 – Wed., June 7 – Hartford Civic Center @ 7:05 PM

*If necessary
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